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DIY TV Riser in Three Steps (Easy Woodworking)

Learn how to make a DIY TV riser using simple tools and wood. You can customize this to any size and stain any color you like. Make this riser fit into your decor.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll be using a few saws, a router, and then staining. It’s relatively easy if you have experience with tools. And honestly it’s a great project to get started with tools if you never have before!

DIY TV riser

One of the things that is nice about having neighbors is that you can help each other out. When you have a pretty solid tool collection (love you Ryobi) and know how to use them, sometimes that means making something that your neighbor needs.

And that’s how this television riser came about.

Neighbors Kiel and E.B. bought a super cute piece of furniture at Costco and then put their television and sound bar on top of it. What they didn’t notice, and I wouldn’t have either – the sound bar covered up the bottom of the screen over an inch.

They found this incredibly annoying and I don’t blame them. It was just enough that I’d be thinking, “what is going on down there? What am I missing?” Whether or not there is action behind the sound bar is irrelevant! To give you an idea . . .

Before the Riser:

Television and soundbar before

The above image shows you the situation that they were dealing with. So they reached out for help, and a DIY TV stand was born from sawdust. There were a few criteria for the riser, so here’s what we were working with for creation qualifications:

  • Right height – there wasn’t a need for anything with feet, because it would be too tall. You could add feet to it though.
  • Blend in with the unit – instead of just slapping a board down, it needed to be inconspicuous and the same color as the entertainment unit.
  • Correct depth – the stand of this television is particularly large, so it required more than one board width.

Easy enough, right? Here’s how this easy woodworking project was made. Scroll down to the bottom for the printable card.

Make a TV riser stand

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Tips and Thoughts for This Project

Select a router bit so that you can give the edge a nice little round. These keeps it from looking like you picked some boards out of the wood pile and stained them.

Ryobi router bit

It’s amazing what a difference it makes!

Rounded over edges made with a router

You can use this is ANY room of course – a home office, bedroom . . . you can also paint it any color.

After the Riser:

Television sitting on top of a TV riser

This is such a simple woodworking project that solves a problem, blends into the environment, and still looks good while doing it. Get the printable how-to card for this DIY TV riser below.

Yield: 1 riser

DIY TV Riser

DIY TV riser

Learn how to make a TV riser stand on a budget! This is such an easy woodworking project.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Douglas Fir
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Polycrylic
  • Stain
  • Rags
  • Bench feet (optional)


  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Router and bit
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush


  1. Figure out the length you'd like to make your stand. Measure the wood using a tape measure and make pencil marks for cutting.
  2. Use a circular saw to cut the wood down to the correct length. If you need a wide stand because the base of the TV is large, you'll want to cut a few pieces to make more of a platform. We cut three pieces.Cutting a wood board with a Ryobi circular saw
  3. Use a table saw to cut the rounded (long) edges of the wood down flat so that they can be glued.Cutting a wood board with a Ryobi table saw
  4. Make one solid riser piece by adding wood glue to the long ends of the boards and then clamping the pieces together. Let dry overnight.Clamps holding three boards together
  5. Route all the top edges of your riser. Sand if necessary and wipe away the dust.Using a Ryobi router on the edge of piece of wood
  6. Stain the wood using the stain color of your choice and then a rag. Let dry.
  7. If desired, coat the riser with polycrylic and let dry.Make a TV riser stand
  8. Our piece didn't need legs, but at this time you can add them to finish if desired.

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Bill Cornford

Saturday 25th of March 2023

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